- Kristin“For my family, the impact of Encompass lifted us from a life of desperate survival to a life of stability and optimism”.Kristin
For my family, the impact of Encompass lifted us from a life of desperate survival to a life of stability and optimism. When I reflect on how Encompass made that happen for my family, the programs and services we utilized certainly come to mind—preschool, childcare co-op, parenting classes and summer camp to name a few. But really, when I think about the factor that had the most impact on my family, it was how I was treated.
I was in a bad spot. My stepson, Jason, was 4 years old and out of control. I’d frequently wake up by hearing him scramble up on the roof at 6 am, he would sneak away from our house in Snoqualmie to visit all his “friends” at the shops downtown or approach tourist families by our house and ask if he could go with them. Thank goodness I found a free preschool for him, and the staff was instrumental in helping to manage his impulsive behaviors.
After he graduated from preschool, I remained involved with Encompass by taking parenting classes and serving as a parent representative on the board of directors. This was a good thing, because within the year I suddenly became a single parent of Jason and Jordan (my younger son). I have no family in the area and I was extremely isolated when this happened. I also had very little resources—it was a real struggle.
Encompass became my extended family. Even more importantly, Encompass gave me hope and constantly reminded me of my strengths which boosted my confidence. This was vital to me at the time and I don’t know where my family would be without Encompass.
I became an Encompass staff member 18 years ago, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to help Encompass make the same impact on other families as it did mine. Working at Encompass is not just my
- PJ"I remember getting their early to get in line for summer camp sign ups because the camps were so fun!"PJ“Encompass was a great resource when the kids were little for pre-school and theme based summer camps”
"Our first involvement with Encompass was with pre-school and summer camps for our oldest, who is now 19. I remember getting their early to get in line for summer camp sign ups because the camps were so fun! Encompass was a great resource when the kids were little for pre-school and theme based summer camps. As they got older, they helped with the "giving" side of things by helping to collect food donations for Respectful Giving, helping to put together the baskets as well as handing the baskets out to Encompass families prior to each holiday. It was an event that they actually asked to do each year as they felt like they were doing their part to help Valley families enjoy the holiday season."
- Avery"The intervention that he has received from Encompass has made a huge impact on how he copes with life today. They have also given me plenty of support over the years".Avery
"After my son was born, it was not long before I realized he had some serious sensory issues going on and as he got older he had speech problems. The first step was an evaluation by the Early Intervention team at Encompass where we came up with a plan that started with speech therapy. Over the years, as his diagnoses were modified to span ASD, ADHD, OCD, SPD, anxiety and an eating disorder, his therapy plans changed as well. He has done Speech, OT and been through Feeding Therapy at Encompass.
He has grown up at Encompass. We attended the playgroups when he was little and then he moved into the preschool. Avery is an only child, so in a way they are a part of his family, too. In fact he is now 11 and just today had a play date with one of the boys he went to preschool with.
The early intervention he received from Encompass has made a huge impact on how he copes with life today. They have also given me plenty of support over the years."
- Kallan"When we got the diagnosis of autism, the support from everyone at Encompass was incredible."Kallan*Click to read Kallan's story"
"Encompass has opened my eyes to so many possibilities for my son. Kallan was 20 months old when we realized we needed intervention and started with the Birth to Three program. Soon after therapy started, we realized that we needed to get him further evaluated. When we got the diagnosis of autism, the support from everyone at Encompass was incredible. They advised me of the best treatments/therapies that would be most beneficial. When that program ended, I was shown the direction to the developmental preschool with the school district (I didn’t even know such a thing existed). Kallan has been making tremendous strides there all due to the help of the Encompass staff. He continues speech therapy at the Pediatric Therapy Clinic and due to the amazing therapists, now has no problem speaking at all!"
- Mercedes“They treated the whole child and family unit.”Mercedes
Encompass has been there every step of the way for both of my foster children with their early needs in development and now with speech therapy. They treated the whole child and family unit. Adopting both of my children and having their support and care from day one has made all the difference for us! Kim Kanzler and the staff are beyond amazing and I know that Mercedes wouldn't be where she is today if it wasn't for them!
- Ahner Family"Many developmental milestones were achieved that doctors never thought possible - all due to hard work by therapists at Encompass."Ahner Family
In June 2003 our only child at the time was diagnosed with Aicardi Syndrome (includes epilepsy and significant physical and mental delay). Shortly after, we got connected with Children's Services of Sno Valley (the former name of Encompass). We met with a physical therapist at our house on a regular basis. The therapist gently encouraged us that our daughter showed great signs of being able to someday walk on her own. Our child needed physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.
Surprisingly enough, all three of our children have been through the Encompass birth-to-three program. We've seen Encompass from 2003-2006 for our first daughter, from 2008-2011 for our two adopted children, and presently our oldest daughter continues to receive speech therapy.
Encompass has given my children an excellent foundation to build on. Many developmental milestones were achieved that doctors never thought possible - all due to hard work by therapists at Encompass. In the face of what we as parents perceive to be impossible, dedicated and skilled therapists charge ahead little by little to reach new fronts in skills and abilities for each of our kids. Encompass is AWESOME. The love and care provided by Encompass comes at a very critical stage in a child's life and that of their parents and other family members. Hopes and dreams are high, then special needs of one form or another threaten to take those hopes and dreams all away. This is where Encompass really shines - to restore hopes and dreams and help your child reach his or her own potential."
- Lucas"Did you know they have a ball pit there?"Lucas
"My favorite lunch at preschool was the fish sticks - they were so good! I really also loved all the different teachers. Miss Megan at OT helped me learn to keep my body calm and not in the red zone. Did you know they have a ball pit there?"
- Rhonda"I discovered Encompass and was so impressed with the array of programs aimed at strengthening families and building community."Rhonda
"When I moved to Snoqualmie Valley nearly 10 years ago I researched non-profits that I could get involved with to share my time, talent and treasure. I discovered Encompass and was so impressed with the array of programs aimed at strengthening families and building community. I fell in love with the organization and all of the smiling children it was benefitting. As a board member for over 8 years and now working with Encompass, I can say that I have received just as much as I have given (probably more!)."
- Paisley Rae“Getting a diagnosis was a relief. Now I knew how to help her."Paisley Rae
"In 2014 we took our 20 month old, Paisley Rae for an evaluation and genetic screening for Rett's Syndrome because she had missed a few developmental milestones and had regressed in others. Getting a diagnosis was a relief. Now I knew how to help her.
Although Paisley Rae had spoken and taken a step, it wasn't consistent. Some days she was too fatigued to even eat. As her mother, I struggled with Paisley Rae not being able to speak and voice her feelings, especially when she was upset or ill (95% of girls with Rett never speak). Encompass came up with one solution that helped immensely. They had our occupational therapist, Sally record myself and my daughter interacting. Sally saw the subtle non-verbal communication cues Paisley Rae was giving, such as arching her back (“I’m done”). She [Sally] has taught me so much about my daughter."
“Her mother has become an expert reader of Paisley Rae’s subtle and often non-traditional cues. A shift in her eyes, shaking in her arms and the tipping of her head are all distinct forms of communication that her mother can interpret and give voice to,” commented Sally.
- Pat"One of my sons had dyslexia, but it was not diagnosed during the 1970s, and there was no 'Encompass' to help me."Pat
“Getting involved with Encompass helped me become part of a wonderful community in the Snoqualmie Valley. Encompass' mission touched my heart since this organization helps families in all of life's circumstances. Many years ago, I was a struggling single mother with two sons. One of my sons had dyslexia, but it was not diagnosed during the 1970s, and there was no 'Encompass' to help me. When I saw how Encompass helps children with learning disabilities as well as parents, it warmed my heart, and I knew that I must support such an amazing organization.”
- Jasmine"When I was really young, they brought things to my house that I could draw and paint on and books and CDs to listen to in the car."Jasmine
“I came to Encompass summer camp for a couple years and I remember them rolling us up like a doughnut in gymnastics and making zucchini chips in cooking class. We even made secret ingredient smoothies…and I wasn’t even scared to eat it! When I was really young, they brought things to my house that I could draw and paint on and books and CDs to listen to in the car. My favorite memory of preschool is when my Grandma’s musical trio came and sang “This land is your land” to our class.”
- Hannah“Encompass has been a second home to me since I was a child. I grew up here in a way.“Hannah
“My mom became involved in the Encompass community when she taught new parent education classes, like Bringing Baby Home and Newborn Care. She enrolled me in the older kid summer camp program for 5-7 year olds. One particular camp I remember was a drama camp. I loved the opportunity to be in a drama setting. I didn’t really have that in school, or rather, I did, but it didn’t feel as small and homey as it did here, at Encompass. That felt nice. I loved it. I came back when I was twelve years old to work as an assistant in the summer camp programs and took a summer off and came back when I was 14, and I’ve been involved in summer camps here ever since. Encompass has been a second home to me since I was a child. I grew up here in a way. Three years ago I started full time as a preschool teacher. Now that I am in this role I am getting a lot of experience working with parents and really building relationships with families. I understand now what drew my mother to Encompass all those years ago. Encompass is unique in that way.”
- Allen"Allen loves his teacher Nikki"Allen
“Allen loves teacher Nikki. He will sit down and eat by himself now and he likes it here. He just turned three and is starting with the preschool at Snoqualmie Elementary in September. Encompass has really helped him and he loves being around people and is starting to say some words. We get help for speech still and are so thankful for all that Encompass has done for Allen and our family.”